SAN DIEGO (CBSDC/AP) — Bryce Harper homered in his return to Washington Nationals’ lineup three nights after running full-on into the scoreboard in right field at Dodger Stadium.

Harper hit a monster shot estimated at 431 feet to straightaway center field on the first pitch he saw from San Diego Padres pitcher Tyson Ross with two outs in the seventh. Harper’s solo homer nearly reached the base of the batter’s eye.

It was the team-best 11th blast of the season for the 20-year-old slugger.

The violent collision in Los Angeles left Harper with 11 stitches in his chin and a sore body. He says he feels “a little bit better” but that whole left side of his body is still sore.

Adam LaRoche also homered in the Nats 6-2 win over the Padres.

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